The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History has been selected to receive its largest foundation grant since opening.
The James Irvine Foundation selected the MAH for a $345,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation for deepening local engagement with culture.
“We are excited to support the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and look forward to seeing how they expand on their rich history of arts engagement,” Josephine Ramirez, arts program director for the Irvine Foundation, said in a press release.
The Irvine Foundation supports creative adaptation in the face of changing technology and demographics. Innovative engagement strategies are key to creating a sustainable, accessible place for the arts in today’s social environment.
Ten other California arts organizations are part of the $8.9 million awarded from the James Irvine Foundation’s New California Arts Fund, including the California Shakespeare Theater, the Oakland Museum of California, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MACLA and the Ford Theater in Los Angeles.
The MAH will use the grant to build on it’s community-centered, participatory approach.
Specifically, museum officials say they will use the grant to:
- tie exhibitions and community events more closely together, so that MAH programming provides complementary learning experiences through many formats
- increase participation with Latino families, both at the MAH and in partnership with Latino family-focused organizations throughout Santa Cruz County
- enhance the MAH’s ability to measure, evaluate, and improve programs based on research